Renewed appeal to Taoiseach and Tanaiste to ban hare coursing
16 April 2014
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is renewing its call on Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to urgently introduce a ban on hare coursing.
Both men have previously expressed opposition to the bloodsport, with Enda Kenny on record as saying "I am opposed to the practice of live hare coursing" and Eamon Gilmore stating "I am opposed to the blood sports of badger baiting, cock fighting, dog fighting, hare coursing and stag hunting."
In a letter of appeal, ICABS reminded them that hares are continuing to suffer and die in coursing and that a ban in long overdue.
"It is now time for the government here to follow Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales in banning this cruel activity which brings shame on our country and undermines the credibility of our new animal welfare legislation," we stated.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney had a golden opportunity to outlaw coursing when animal welfare legislation was being updated last year, after a hundred years, but he chose to continue to exempt hare coursing and fox hunting from prosecution in the new Act.
Join us in urging Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore to introduce a ban on hare coursing.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Department of the Taoiseach,
Upper Merrion Street,
An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore
Office of the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Tel: 01 6183566 (Dail)
Tel: 01 408 2000 (Iveagh House)
Fax: 01 408 2400
Contact all your local TDs now. Tell them you are one of the majority who want coursing banned. Remind them that coursing is already illegal in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Urge them to respect the wishes of the majority of the electorate and back a ban.
If you prefer to post a letter to your TDs, address your correspondence to:
How to eliminate the hare from coursing
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